We were excited to be in Chicago with the iWANT CloudGenix challenge road-show! Amar, network architect at a global pharmaceutical company, was ready to bake-off CloudGenix against Cisco iWAN. Amar’s company prides itself on serving people across the world with an intense focus on finding innovative therapies. The company’s rigid legacy network was slowing its employees’ ability to achieve their mission, while bandwidth and hardware costs were skyrocketing. They needed a new approach to networking.
Amar’s team wanted to reduce WAN costs, move to a virtualized remote office infrastructure and do away with routers, if possible. Global MPLS costs were soaring – the bandwidth demands of large research files being shared across the world, and transition to cloud-based collaboration tools (UCaaS) were putting pressure on an already strained WAN.
The Challenge consisted of the following use cases, tested by the customer on the Cisco iWan followed by CloudGenix ION products:
- Set up and configure an SD-WAN including remote offices and data centers. Ensure that multiple forms of connectivity, such as Internet broadband and MPLS are used in active-active mode.
- Enable direct-to-Internet selectively for cloud-based applications (Office 365, SFDC.com, Box, etc.) with performance-based load-balancing across other paths.
- Monitor network SLA and application SLA.
Amar had already tried an iWAN pilot, but according to him it was CLI-driven through 3-4 sites. He had no prior experience with APIC-EM or Prime. So we promised him that we would let him use these “simple” UI tools that Cisco now provided.
In all of 30 minutes, Amar realized that the UI tools such as Prime/APIC-EM were still interacting with EEM – you could literally see the CLI configurations being pushed on to the routers. And failures were random and fatal.
According to Amar, “There’s no comparison between iWAN and CloudGenix. We suspected ahead of time that CloudGenix was going to be better than iWAN. But not this much! We had tried a pilot with iWAN, but even with only 3-4 sites, we saw it was going to be a major challenge. With CloudGenix, there’s a lot of value. I liked what we saw. It seems to be a fairly elegant solution. With respect to analytics, it’s statistics on steroids!”
Another happy customer! If you want to take the challenge yourself, just email IWANT@cloudgenix.com. Don’t deny yourself those CloudGenix orange shades you crave!